Re: youk-cheer or boo at fenway
posted at 12/16/2012 5:04 AM EST
In response to Soxdog67's comment:
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
That's what I was thinking, pink hat thinking.
Anyone that would boo him probably doesn't have tickets anyway. The house will rock when he returns. They had the same stupid debate when Pedro returned. Naturally, 100% of the crowd not only cheered, they refused to even sit down. It'll be like that when Youk returns. He's a RS hero.
Well Joe I disagree with your comment here...Pedro's situation is a totally different situation...he went to the Mets and not the Yankees. BIG DIFFERENCE.
The Youkilis situation, if anything might be compared to Johnny Damon's signing with the Yankees, although it is significantly different.
First off, Damon was boo'd emphatically because he left the Sox who were negotiating for his services for the Yankees. Secondly, Youkilis situation is no where close to Damon...he was traded by the Sox, became a free agent and the Sox had no interest in re-signing him.
Lastly, Youkilis had every right to sign a contract that best worked for him...and the only reason he will be boo'd is because he is a Yankee...plain and simple...not as a traitor or mercenary.
Very well said! End of the day what many fans forget and/or overlook is that the players are mercenaries, that's the nature of professional sport. Everyone of them are contracted employees who at a moments notice can be traded to another city or cut. Once thier contract has expired or they've been let go, they're then free to sign with the team that offers them the best deal. Some like Jeter are lucky to have played for one organization, but even the great Jeter had to make concessions to stay in New York. Had he hit a buck fifty or was seen as detrimental to the team even he would have been let go.
Not unlike a game of pick up basketball in the local neighborhoods, regardless of the whether your a shirt or a skin. You play hard and try to win the game then at some point during the day the guy you guarded in one game becomes your team mate in another.
My grerater point is that the players with a few exceptions are not loyal to a geographical region or city...Youk grew up in Cincinnati as a Reds fan...Not sure why we expect him to have the same distain for our rivals as we do. I don't care who he plays for, but I will in full throat boo the guy not becasue I dislike him...I dislike the uniform he chose to wear...